The Vermont Ratification Convention
Here’s something that I didn’t know until yesterday: Vermont held a convention to ratify the Constitution. Vermont was an independent country (in other words, it was not part of the Union under the Articles of Confederation). In 1791, delegates were elected for a convention and they voted by a large margin to ratify. (Shortly afterward, Vermont was admitted as a state in time to also ratify what became the Bill of Rights.) I’m going to read the records, though at first glance it seems like the focus was mostly on whether Vermont should stay independent rather than on what the Constitution said.